I have previously wrote, in general terms, about viewing the 'balance' of your life through the lens of a triangle shape; where 1 corner represents "UP" (your relationship with God), one corner represents "IN" (your relationship with other like-minded individuals), and one corner represents "OUT" (your relationship with others outside of your sphere of like-minded folks). The idea (modeled by Jesus in the book of Mark) is that we would live an integrated, balanced life that is thereby optimized for effectiveness. For this post, I'll dive into the "IN".
What does a healthy "IN" look like?
I have heard loneliness described as an epidemic. Is that true? Maybe. If your "IN" is healthy, loneliness probably isn't a problem with you, right?
Now, everyone is "wired" and gifted differently and some people probably don't need as much "IN" as others ... but, I believe the desire is there within all of us, to connect with others on a meaningful level. In fact, the "In-ward" relationship that Christ followers have with each other is said to be the only identifying mark that those outside the Church would know them by ... who said that? Jesus.
So, a healthy "IN" probably has some regular, purposeful connections with other like-minded people ... ideally, in my opinion, other Christ followers. The "regular" and "purposeful" part of that sentence is the hard part. It's hard to make commitments to these kinds of relationships ... but, it's obviously very important, or Jesus wouldn't have asked us to do it, right?
How long has it been since you connected with other like-minded individuals in a meaningful way? If it's been awhile, what if you took some steps to change that?
If you are a leader, are you being a truly great leader by allowing people to have access to your life in a meaningful way? If you are going to be a great leader and have healthy "IN" relationships (as it seems Jesus modeled for us), then maybe you need to model that by pouring into others in some way ... inviting others into a coaching/mentor relationship with you?